Oxford Circus alert caused by 'altercation' between two men, say police

Oxford Circus alert caused by 'altercation' between two men, say police

Several people were injured and nine were taken to hospital, including one with leg injuries, after chaos erupted in the packed station on Friday.

Scotland Yard initially treated the incident as if it was terror-related - but the incident has now been stood down after no evidence of gunfire was found.

He told Sky News: "Suddenly I just heard screaming and people running out of the station".

"To date police have not located any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or causalities", police said an hour after the first reports of an incident.

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The station was reopened, cordons removed and the area returned to normal, with the Royal Variety Performance at the nearby London Palladium going ahead as planned.

Within minutes, he said, "armed response units and police cars were absolutely everywhere". The witness said the area had been cleared of people and traffic and fire engines and police were rushing to the scene.

A photo of police vehicles at Oxford Circus was also included with the caption: "Armed officers have arrived at the scene after a lorry is reported to have ploughed into pedestrians".

The British Transport Police issued an appeal for the men, who were believed to have been involved in an altercation in Oxford Circus tube station just before it was evacuated, causing shoppers to flee the area in fear. "People turned around in a bit of pandemonium", he said. A British pop singer, Ollie Murs, tweeted that he was in Selfridges and that shots had been fired there. "I think people were so unsure what had happened they were running in all directions".

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In a statement, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised the city's emergency services for a "swift response". I ran out on to the street but it was nearly as if no one knew anything had happened down below.

He said: "It is vital that we are not complacent - if in doubt it is always best to err on the side of caution and call the police on 999".

London is on high alert following a string of terror attacks in Britain this year.

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